Category Archives: Science and Technology

Uber Launches “Self-Driving” Cars In San Francisco Without DMV Approval

Starting Wednesday, Uber is expanding its tests of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco allowing the public to ride in autonomous Volvos. Test drivers will be present in the SUVs in case a human needs to intervene. The tests, which will be limited to downtown San Francisco, however are being conducted without the prior blessing of the California DMV.

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The Future Drone-Centric City

Much of the hype around drones is full of caveats: safety is always the first priority, and nobody quite knows the full extent of what’s possible. There’s still uncertainty about how new services will weave their way through airspace. But, Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are like the first motorized cars: they have started out as a toy but they will, with time, become normal and form the basis of a new way of living and working.

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iPhone 7 Shows How Innovation Comes at a Cost

Following Apple’s announcement of the headphone jack-less iPhone 7 last week, the Internet exploded in a cacophony of dismay and indignation. “No one asked to lose the headphone jack,” they wailed. “We want greater battery life, shatterproof screens, and wireless charging–not new adapter dongles,” they exclaimed. Such chatter is predictable whenever Apple makes a significant hardware change in its products. […]

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New Lithium Metal Batteries Could Make Smartphones, Drones, and Electric Cars Last Twice As Long

Doubling battery power of consumer electronics New lithium metal batteries could make smartphones, drones, and electric cars last twice as long. Rob Matheson | MIT News Office August 16, 2016 An MIT spinout is preparing to commercialize a novel rechargeable lithium metal battery that offers double the energy capacity of the lithium ion batteries that power many of today’s consumer […]

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How the FAA Shot Down “Uber for Planes”

Imagine traveling from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard in under an hour and for less than $70. Believe it or not, this option was available from Flytenow’s website or app, by looking for a general aviation pilot who was making that trip, and then splitting the cost with that pilot and whoever else was sharing the flight. Entrepreneurs were bringing private […]

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